Nightwind 2: The Future Of Unmanned Aerial VehiclesBen Wojdyla5/26/10 12:30pmFiled to: Planelopnikmilitary vehiclesUavunmanned aerial vehicleNight Wind 2Night WindUAS Night WindUAS Night Wind 2Unmanned Aerial SystemsuasRicardoRicardo Wolverine 2Wolverine 2EngineeringFeatureTopGizmodo1841EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis is the Nightwind 2, a compact, unmanned aerial vehicle made of carbon fiber. It's powered by an amazing new direct-injected, 88-cc, two-stroke hybrid boxer engine developed by Ricardo, and it's going to change the future of UAVs.Unmanned aerial vehicles, a.k.a. drones, are not a new enterprise — they've been flying in military applications for years, and have become integral parts of both Air Force and Navy arsenals and key tools in ground-troop operations. Everyone knows the big bad Predator drones that fly mission in the war zones and have the capability to destroy targets remotely, but those require nearly as much ground support as a regular manned aircraft. The cost and complexity of those big drones is driving development in much more user- and taxpayer friendly compact UAVs. The Nightwind is an example of the latter.